NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Cleveland
(Wednesday, January 7th)
Final Score: Cleveland 111, Charlotte 81
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored a game-high 21 points with four rebounds and as many assists, as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a 111-81 trouncing of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Mo Williams logged 15 points and six assists for the Cavs, who moved to a perfect 18-0 at Quicken Loans Arena this season and shrugged off a disappointing loss at Washington on Sunday. Daniel Gibson and Wally Szczerbiak added 15 points each while Anderson Varejao posted 14 points and six rebounds.
The Cavs are the only remaining team in the league with an unblemished home record.
Cleveland next hosts Boston in a marquee matchup on Friday looking to avenge both a season-opening loss at TD Banknorth Garden and last season's playoff ouster in the conference semifinals.
Raymond Felton scored 15 points and Gerald Wallace 14 for the Bobcats, who were in search of their longest winning streak of the season, having won two straight. Boris Diaw collected 10 points, eight boards and six assists while Sean Singletary had 13 points in the loss.
Charlotte was coming off its most impressive win this season, downing the defending NBA champion Celtics 114-106 in overtime Tuesday, but failed to keep the game even remotely close in aiming for the club's first ever win in Cleveland, spanning nine visits.
The Cavs jumped out to a 29-12 advantage after James slammed for two and nailed an off-balance fade-away jumper at the buzzer to close the books on first-quarter play. James' acrobatics were part of a 28-3 run that bridged the first two quarters as back-to-back Szczerbiak three-pointers gave Cleveland a 43-14 lead nearly three minutes into the second.
Charlotte was able to cut the deficit to 18, 60-42, at the break but Cleveland continued its assault and quickly built a 76-48 advantage on seven straight points from Varejao before finishing the frame up 28, 84-56.
The final quarter was more of the same as Cleveland edged Charlotte 27-25 with most of its starters on the bench en route to the lopsided victory.
Cleveland has taken 15 of the 18 overall encounters between the clubs, including two previous meetings this season...Charlotte has lost six straight in this series overall...Cleveland's J.J. Hickson contributed 13 points off the bench and Delonte West added five rebounds, seven points and as many helpers...D.J. Augustin had 11 points for the Bobcats...The Cavs waived forward Jawad Williams earlier in the day.
01/08 02:48:59 ET